Special news: Toasted Sister Podcast took first place for general excellence (in the professional division II) in radio and podcasting at the Native American Journalists Association 2019 National Native Media awards.
After contact, Indigenous foodways and knowledge were devastated, destroyed and replaced with foods that are far from the people. So today, I’m talking to Native chefs and foodies about what Indigenous cuisine is, where it comes from, where it’s headed and how it’s used to connect them and their people to their origins and traditions.
This podcast is hosted by me, Andi Murphy. I’m Navajo from Crownpoint, N.M. and I live in Albuquerque. I am a full-time radio producer for Native America Calling, a national, live, call-in show about Native issues and topics, and a freelance multimedia journalist. If I’m not producing, podcasting or doing freelance stuff, I’m cooking and giving my two boys (tabby cats named Carrot and Lucifur) the best life.
I gave my first food demo and presentation in February 2019 and I’m scheduled to give a few more presentations in New Mexico for the rest of 2019. I gave an hour-long talk on Indigenous food at NMSU’s American Indian Week and hosted a cooking workshop for the students at the NMSU Indian Resource Development DreamKeepers Program. I also made appetizers for the 2019 International Association of Culinary Professionals conference. In a nutshell: 2019 has been a busy year and I love it!
This show is supported by the Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. It’s affiliated with Native Voice One. It plays regularly on Navajo Technical University’s KCZY radio station, the RIVR (Rising Indigenous Voices Radio), KGLP in Gallup, New Mexico and KSKQ in Ashland, Oregon.
The intro and outro music was created for Toasted Sister by CW Ayon (Cheyenne) of Las Cruces, New Mexico. I specifically asked CW for his contribution because his music reminds me of the time I fell in love with food in Las Cruces. I was a food writer and photographer there for a few years so CW’s blues became my foodie theme music. Check out his website and music.
Logo and illustrations, including Corn Man, Celery Sam, Blessed Mary and Sunflower Man are hand drawn by me. Promotional and food photography for Toasted Sister is also by me. Do not use any of these without my permission.
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Mentioned in the media:
“Its title is a nod to the rock band Twisted Sister and, like Murphy’s taste for all-black clothing, doubles down on her bodacious point of view. ” — New Mexico Magazine, June 2020
— The Daily Meal, May 2020
— PureWow, April 2020
— Discover Pods, March 2020
Podmass 3/30/20 that week’s best episodes via A.V. Club
“There’s literally no other food podcast out there highlighting Indigenous folks and foods — making this a must-listen for anyone looking to finally try the real foods of the Americas. And that makes this podcast a game-changer.” — Uproxx
“Podcasts to Queue for Your 2020 Playlist”
“Adding Indigenous Ingredients to the Thanksgiving Table” segment in WYNC “The Takeaway”
“These days, Thanksgiving is at my house and I won’t allow tacky fall colors or Pilgrims in my home.” — Uproxx
Ep. 239: Andi Murphy – Reconnecting With Native Foods on the “Woman of Size” podcast. Nov. 25, 2019
27: Navajo Food Sovereignty with Andi Murphy on the “One To Grow On” Podcast. NOv. 19, 2019
Ep – 072 – Tastes Like Rain on the Something About Food? podcast. Aug. 26, 2019
“Donning a black apron, Andi Murphy, a Native of Crownpoint, prepared delicious meals for a packed room at Navajo Technical University Friday.” — Gallup Independent, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
“Her (Andi) message of sustainability and advocacy was furthered in her first food demonstration on Friday to students and community members at Navajo Technical University.” — Farmington Daily Times
“Andi Murphy produces and hosts ‘Toasted Sister,’ a fantastic podcast about indigenous food.” — New York Times
“‘It’s the reason we live,’ says Andi Murphy on the relationship between indigenous communities and their food.” — The New Food Economy
“Toasted Sister sounds about as clean and professional as any high-budget Radiolab segment. I’m not just being nice—go listen, you can tell that this was done by a professional.” — Alibi
“Murphy’s work is part of a wider trend among young people to share Native food culture.” — Civil Eats
“You can get ahead of the curve by subscribing to Diné podcaster Andi Murphy’s Toasted Sister Podcast.” — Uproxx
“I’m a faithful listener to Toasted Sister, I read Murphy’s journalism, and I’ve been following Yazzie’s work, with The Sioux Chef and as Yazzie The Chef, for the last few years.” — Cowboys & Indians
“Murphy created the podcast as a way to give a platform to a wide-ranging and diverse Native food movement that often gets misrepresented or labeled as a trend, despite its ancient existence.” — Remezcla